NORFOLK’S CRIME CRACKDOWN
|Houses with little security are at
Operation Harrier is the toughest
crackdown on crime Norfolk has ever seen. Find out how you may be
able to recover your stolen possessions - and avoid being the victim
Norfolk Police’s Operation Harrier was launched in April
2003. It was so successful, it is still running. One of the main aims
of the operation is the recovery of stolen goods.
On Harrier days undercover officers from the Norfolk
constabulary strike in dozens of raids all over the county.
They have made over 500 arrests, put more than 50 men
behind bars and recovered thousands of pounds of goods.
Protect your home
Sergeant Andy Usher, Crime Reduction Coordinator for
Norfolk Police says, "Most burglaries are committed by opportunist
|"I would break in and turn the photographs
over - I didn’t want to be involved with the people we were stealing
Probation Officer & reformed burglar
"In two out of 10 burglaries, they don’t even have
to use force – they get in through an open door or window.
"Look at your home through the burglars' eyes –
are there places where they could break in unseen? Have you fitted strong
locks on your doors and windows? Would they have to make a lot of noise
by breaking glass?"
Sergeant Usher suggests the following simple precautions
can reduce the risk of burglary happening to you:
- Fit mortise locks to all external doors and locks to all accessible
- Secure and lock your home - especially when it is left unoccupied
- Don’t leave tools and ladders in your garden which can be used by
the burglar to gain access to your home
- Fit external lighting and when you are away from home, use timer switches
to turn on some internal lights when it gets dark
- Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries when you are away
- Don’t allow ‘cold callers’ into your home
- If you want any goods or services use reputable companies whose addresses
can be confirmed
- Join a Home Watch or Neighbourhood Watch scheme
Recovering stolen goods
was delighted to recover her stolen possessions
Norfolk Police have experienced difficulty in reuniting
stolen goods that are recovered, with their rightful owners.
In a bid to tackle this problem, they have created a
website which displays images and details of recovered items (see weblinks
Super Intendent Charles Hall says, "Have a look at regular
intervals to see if you can recognise anything on here that you may have
It is estimated that nationwide, only 15% of property
stolen is recovered by the police. The amount returned to owners is much
Helen Cushing’s house was burgled and property including
jewellery and electric items was stolen. Recently, she recovered some
of these items.
She say, "Unless you’ve been through a burglary in your
own home, you haven’t got a clue what it feels like… The whole of my house
was just ransacked.
"I couldn’t believe that we would ever see it again so
we are so pleased that we got it back."
|Bob say vulnerable
houses are a burglar's target
The success of Operation H is a great achievement for
Norfolk Police. The tight knit world of thieving
is dangerous and difficult to penetrate. Probation
Officer Bob Turney can testify on that.
Bob, a reformed career Burglar, learnt all about theft
and that vast underground network for rapidly disposing of stolen goods.
Bob says, "I would break into houses and turn the photographs
over because I didn’t want to be involved with the people we were stealing
"Back in the mid 70s when colour televisions were coming
in, we used to steal them to order.
"We even had an after-sales service. We had a cracked
engineer who used to repair them if they went wrong."
After a term in prison in late 1970s, and a significant
period of rehabilitation and training, Bob now uses his knowledge of burglary
to help young offenders.
Get it back
Anyone wishing to recover stolen goods can visit Norfolk
Police’s Property Recovery website (see weblinks section below).
Anyone with information regarding crime in Norfolk can
call the Harrier Hotline on 0845 6002842.
Alternatively, Crime Stoppers can be called anonymously on 0800